Foster care is one of the greatest needs of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. Will you open your home and your heart for a precious child who needs a loving family today?
The Foster Care Program of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes connects precious, hurting children with loving parents. Children in foster care often come from tragic circumstances of abuse, neglect and abandonment, and depending on their personal story, they are placed in care for either short-term or long-term periods. While children are in foster care, their families often work to overcome the problems that caused the children to be removed from the home. When possible, the children are reunited with their parents. In other cases, foster children go on to be placed in permanent adoptive homes.
Children Need Your Help
Hundreds of children are waiting in shelters for a family to love and care for them. The job of a foster parent is not easy, but can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Families often say they are greatly encouraged as they watch young boys and girls grow and thrive within their homes.
You can help bring a child from a life of crisis to a life of belonging and love. You can truly make a difference in the life of a child or several children in the ministry of foster parenting.
Becoming a Foster Parent
The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes seeks adults who have a sense of calling to become foster parents. They look for caring, Christian adults who will open up their home to a child, and when possible, to multiple children to provide them with safety, security, and love. Once licensed, the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes continues to work closely with all foster parents as necessary to support them in their foster parent ministry.
Foster parents play a critical role in the care and development of abused, neglected, and orphaned children. Being a foster parent is a vital ministry to precious children who often come from tragic circumstances. Foster care placements can either be short-term or long-term depending on the unique circumstances of the child.
While a child is in foster care we work with the child’s family to remediate the problems that caused the child to be removed, and if possible, reunite the child with their parents. In many cases, foster children go on to be placed in permanent adoptive homes.
Our foster families receive continual support from the Children’s Homes.
What are the steps to becoming a Foster Parent?
- Meet the eligibility requirements.
- Complete the application process and be approved.
- Complete the appropriate training (if required).
- Receive placement of a child!
The requirements to become a Foster Parent include:
• Being at least 21 years old
• Being in good health (physician’s statement required)
• Having lived in the community for at least six months
• Being an active member of a local church
• Having supportive character references
• Being emotionally and financially stable
• Not having a criminal record (background check required)
• Being willing to work with the child’s biological family
• Attending 30 hours of foster parenting classes
We also require that you be a professing Christian, be active in a local Christian church, and follow a lifestyle that is consistent with the Christian faith. This determination will be evaluated according to the Word of God, the Baptist Faith and Message, and the judgment of those tasked with this responsibility within our organization.
CLICK HERE to request more information on becoming a foster parent for the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.